The rule, just published in the Federal Register. It is long, it is complicated, but it is.
SUMMARY: The Coast Guard issues this
final rule to consolidate the regulations
covering issuance of merchant mariner
qualification credentials, to reduce the
burden on mariners by limiting the
number of times they need to appear in
person to provide fingerprints and proof
of identity, and to address comments
received from the public in response to
the Supplemental Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, in some cases through
revisions based on those comments.
This final rule works in tandem with the
joint final rule published by the Coast
Guard and the Transportation Security
Administration on January 25, 2007,
entitled ‘‘Transportation Worker
Identification Credential (TWIC)
Implementation in the Maritime Sector;
Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a
Commercial Driver’s License’’.